[unav_all] Short Course on InSAR Processing

Susan Eriksson eriksson at unavco.org
Wed Jul 1 13:31:14 MDT 2009

Registration is now open for the newest offering in the UNAVCO Short Course


InSAR: An Introduction to Processing and Applications for Geoscientists

August 17-19, 2009
UNAVCO: Boulder, Colorado

Faculty: Paul Rosen, JPL; Eric Fielding, JPL; and Matthew Pritchard, Cornell

InSAR (Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar) is a powerful tool for
measuring Earth surface deformation due to earthquakes, volcanic unrest,
ground water migration, and anthropogenic activity. Terrabytes of InSAR data
were collected for the EarthScope program that spans the entire US. Training
new scientists for the interpretation of these important data sets is
critical to the EarthScope mission. InSAR is also being increasingly used in
studies of cryosphere (motion of glaciers and ice sheets) and atmosphere
(water content in the troposphere). This short course will also help prepare
scientists for the upcoming NASA InSAR mission, now called DESDynI
(Deformation, Ecosystem Structure and Dynamics of Ice). New techniques and
applications of InSAR are rapidly developing, including stacking,
time-series analysis of surface deformation, ScanSAR, polarimetric InSAR,
and along-track interferometry. A three day workshop will introduce InSAR
processing and applications to new users. If you have considered using InSAR
data and imagery in your research or want to learn more about how to apply
InSAR to new areas of research, this workshop is for you. The workshop
includes an overview of the technology and its application to Earth Science,
an introduction to a common processing package, and an overview of different
processing packages. An additional optional module* will cover subpixel
ground motions from glaciers, landslides, earthquakes, etc. measured from
pairs of optical and SAR images using a technique called pixel or feature

These courses do not have a registration fee, but participants will pay
their own travel and living expenses. Scholarships are available for
students who will utilize this information in their current research.  This
short course will be funded, in part, by EarthScope.

For more information and to register, visit

If you have any questions, please contact me.


Susan Eriksson

Director, UNAVCO Education and Outreach

6350 Nautilus Drive

Boulder, Colorado 80304


303-381-7466 office

303-381-7501 fax


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